The Model Supervisor Award

This year, Penn's Models of Excellence Program is honoring 97 exceptional staff members who play key roles in Penn successes every day.

Please save the date for this year's Models of Excellence ceremony and reception on April 4, 2018 at 4pm in Irvine Auditorium.

Congratulations to this year's honorees!

The annual Model Supervisor Award, established in 2007, is given to Penn supervisors who demonstrate exemplary behaviors and serve as outstanding role models.

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Model Supervisor Behaviors

These behaviors reflect the University’s standards for a Model Supervisor and are used by the Selection Committee to identify individuals who qualify for this award:

  • Applies fairness and consistency to all actions.
  • Communicates goals and expectations clearly and holds staff accountable.
  • Provides tools for achievement.
  • Removes unnecessary barriers to accomplishment and assists with problem solving.
  • Provides feedback in a constructive way and manages issues in the workplace.
  • Treats all with dignity, respect, and integrity.
  • Collaborates with other peers and organizations and supports an environment of collaboration.
  • Empowers everyone to achieve their best and offers development opportunities for future growth.
  • Understands and supports work life balance.
  • Appreciates the contribution that a diverse workforce offers, and supports efforts to sustain a diverse workforce.
  • Safeguards and manages assets and institutional resources for the greatest support for institutional goals.

The Nomination Process

Nominations for the Model Supervisor Award are accepted in the fall for contributions made during the previous fiscal year (July 1- June 30). Any member of the Penn community can nominate a Model Supervisor.

We’re looking for supervisors who are role models and exemplify the Model Supervisor Behaviors. You may nominate staff supervisors of any level, except senior academic or administrative leaders of a school or center. They must supervise at least two Penn staff to be considered.

The Nomination process is detailed, and all its components must be completed before nomination can be accepted.  The Nomination Guide, Nomination Form, and Nomination Deadline will be published in August 2018.

Questions? Call 215-898-1012 or contact us by email.

Selection and Notification

An annually rotating Models of Excellence Selection Committee reviews all nominations and selects finalists. The committee is representative of the diversity of our institution, composed of Penn leaders from the Provost, Executive Vice President, and Vice President of Human Resources areas previous Models of Excellence award winners, and other faculty and staff members from across campus.

The winner is notified in January. Human Resources then surveys a randomly selected cohort of his or her staff for feedback on the Model Supervisor behaviors.

Awards, Ceremony and Reception

The individuals chosen as Model Supervisors receive $500 and a symbolic award.

The next award ceremony and reception for honorees will take place on April 4, 2018 in Irvine Auditorium. All members of the campus community are invited; more information will be provided as the date approaches.

2018 Model Supervisor

Rodolfo (Rudie) Altamirano
Penn Global

For the exceptional leadership in his role as Director of International Student and Scholar Services, his willingness to go above and beyond for students and faculty, for his staff and for Penn.

Honorable Mentions

Amy Ashbridge
Perelman School of Medicine

For overseeing dramatic growth in faculty and staff, marked improvement in business processes, and the development of a complex new initiative in online education, all while creating a positive and collegial culture that makes the department an exceptional place to work.

Karen Di Maria
Facilities and Real Estate Services

For embodying the life of a leader and a model of excellence to every person she encounters in her role as the Facilities and Real Estate Services Controller.


Questions? Call 215-898-1012 or contact us by email.